THE RED rose of Labour won through in the Oldham East and Saddleworth parliamentary election as Debbie Abrahams held her seat with a majority of 6,002 votes.
Mrs Abrahams received 17,529 votes from constituents to beat Conservative candidate Sajjad Hussain on 11,527.
UKIP, represented by Peter Klonowski, came third with 8,557 votes while Richard Marbrow finished fourth for the Liberal Democrats with 5,718 votes and Miranda Meadowcroft of the Green Party received 1,152 votes.
The result sees Mrs Abrahams hold onto the seat she won in the 2011 by-election but she has almost doubled her majority of 3,558 votes.
She said: “I’d like to thank my magnificent team and the hundreds of Labour Party volunteers and, of course, my wonderful family for all the support they gave me in my campaign.
“But I’d especially like to thank the voters. Thank you to everyone who has put their trust in me to continue to represent you.
“To those of you who didn’t vote for me I assure you I will work tirelessly for an Oldham, and Britain, that is about hope and fairness, not fear and blame; I will work for the many, not just a privileged few.”
The turnout figure for the constituency, adjusted to include postal votes, is 62.29%.